Lot 32: Claes Oldenburg, “2 Soft White Columns,” Work on Paper, 1990
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Marker and pastel on paper.
Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929) – American/Swedish Conceptual and Pop Artist painter, sculptor, printmaker, writer and performance artist
Initialed by the artist in pencil on lower center, recto.
Dated on upper right, recto.
Provenance: The Artist
Work dimensions: 10 ½ x 8 in (26.67 x 20.32 cm)
Framed dimensions: 19 x 15 ½ x 1 ½ in (48.26 x 39.37 x 3.81 cm)
Prolific Pop artist Claes Oldenburg’s “2 Soft White Columns,” a unique work on paper, pays tribute to the artist’s iconic, playful soft sculptures, many of them fashioned after everyday objects. Oldenburg’s columns—historically symbols of structure and strength—twist and tumble here like pillows, deftly translating the artist’s characteristically humorous take on sculpture to the two-dimensional realm.
Claes Oldenburg (American, b.Swedish 1929)
Perhaps the best-loved artist of the Pop Art movement, Claes Oldenburg is known for his playfully surreal sculptures that find new meaning in the everyday objects by expanding them to a gargantuan scale or deflating them into floppy, funny shells. A onetime journalist and illustrator in Chicago, Oldenburg fell in with Pop— a vernacular approach to art that mocked the somber bravado of Abstract Expressionism—after moving to New York in 1956. But whereas artists like Warhol and Lichtenstein took popular media as their inspiration, Oldenburg found his muse in hamburgers, electric fans, bagels, and other familiar comforts. His works can be found in institutions worldwide, including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
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